Arcade Fire and LED screens: 5 things to watch for at the Juno Awards
Daniel Bitonti, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:37PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:38PM EDT
On Sunday night, the biggest names in the Canadian music industry will come together for the 2014 Juno Awards. And while it was announced earlier Sunday that Robin Thicke, the pop star of “Blurred Lines” fame, cancelled his scheduled performance, this doesn’t mean the show won’t be packed with excitement.
Here are five things to look out for at tonight’s show, which is being broadcast on CTV at 9 p.m. ET:
1. A three host affair
Serena Ryder, Classified and Johnny Reid will be co-hosting the show. And what’s fascinating about this group is that organizers couldn’t have picked a more diverse set of musicians. Reid is a country singer, Classified a rapper, and Ryder a singer of the folksy-indie variety.
Who knows exactly what will happen on stage, but the hosts should produce a dynamic show that will appeal to all types of music fans.
2. The theatrics
Another thing to watch out for on Sunday is what’s going on behind the performers who take the stage at Winnipeg’s MTS centre -- apparently it’s going to pretty eye catching. Production designer Alex Nadon says organizer have built “an architectural shape completely out of new technology -- wrapped curved video tiles -- which allows us to completely change the look for every single performance."
Layers of LED screens have been arranged together on the main stage to look like a three-dimensional skyline is rising out of the Prairies. The screen will allow for huge messages or images to tower over the performers on stage during the show.
That in itself is reason enough to tune in.
3. Arcade Fire video performance
One of Canada’s biggest international music exports, Arcade Fire, won’t be in attendance because of a scheduling conflict. But that doesn’t mean fans won’t get their dose of the Montreal rockers.
The band has confirmed it will be taking part in the broadcast through an exclusive, taped performance from their tour. These guys are known for their theatrical sets, so this is likely to be pretty good.
4. BTO tribute
Legendary Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive will be honoured at the Juno Awards with an all-star tribute for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
In terms of pure talent, few Canadian acts have ever managed to reach BTO’s level of success. In the 1970s, the band found huge commercial success with hits like “You Ain’t Seen nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business.” The seven-time Juno-Award winners created a truly unique and Canadian sound, so don’t miss this historic music moment as they’re honoured in front of a home-town crowd.
5. One heck of a performer’s list
People love seeing live music, and on Sunday you’ll see as good a show as any. The performer’s list for the Junos is packed with an incredible amount of talent: Brett Kissel, Classified, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Matt Mays, OneRepublic, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs, Tegan and Sara, Tim Hicks, Travis Good and Walk Off The Earth.
Whatever kind of music you prefer, there’s something for everyone… just don’t hold your breath for Robin Thicke.
With files from The Canadian Press